Friday, February 19, 2016

Rainbow Bargello


 66 x 81 (after washing)

Look at this gorgeous quilt! Before we get started on what I did and the changes I made, you can find the original quilt tutorial here. She used 2 Classic Rainbow Kona Cotton Jelly Rolls.  I found a list of the colors in that roll and made my own. This quilt is for sale in my shop. (SOLD)


I followed all her directions except the cutting.  She started with a 1 inch strip and went up to 3.5 inches by quarter inch increments.  Then she went down to 1.5 and back up.  Since we started with a 1 inch strip I went down to a 1 inch strip instead of 1.5.  So I have 2 more strips in the middle of the quilt.  I think it might have been better to go from 1.5 to 3.5 and back down to 1.5 as those little strips are too small.


I was having trouble deciding what color to quilt with: either medium gray or mono poly.  I finally decided on the gray thread because it is so much easier to deal with.  It looks great on every color!


Then I had to decide on the binding.  It was between red, blue and a blue-green jade color.  I can't remember the kona name at this moment.  I only had enough blue and red, so I chose blue.  I like this choice too!


I found this black cross hatch in my stash.  I know it looks gray here, but it's really black and white. It was extra wide so I didn't need as much fabric as I thought, but I did need 7 or 8 inches more.  I really wanted to put a rainbow on the back even though it was extra work cutting all those strips.  Yep, please with this choice too!  


Kyrstal says this quilt is fast and easy.  I disagree.  I was anything but fast.  There are 41 strips to sew together and then 36 rows that had to be pinned, each seam of every row.  I was pretty tired of pinning, sewing, and ironing over and over.  I ended up sewing a few at a time.  But I do think this quilt is worth making!  I would recommend using Kona because these colors are very saturated. I substituted a couple non-kona colors and there was quite a difference.  Although I did get them blended in pretty good.

This was my One Monthly Goal.  It also fits into the Year of the Stash.  I hope you are using your stash this year too, one quilt at a time!




16 comments:

  1. Shew, that does look like a lot of pinning and ironing with all those pieces! But it made for a fantastic quilt! I love all the colors! :)

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  2. Thank you for explaining what you did differently and the resulting differences. I've done bargello before, but not with solids. It IS a lot of work. Love the backing too and the front is so pretty!

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  3. Wow! I love this quilt. It is so colorful and cheery. Beautiful work!

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  4. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!

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  5. Nothing about this quilt looks "fast and easy" but it sure is a fantastic finish! And oh my...the quilting is awesome too! Is it FMQ? Am I allowed to ask that? ;)

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  6. You just keep on cranking out such beautiful quilts, and this one is so bright and cheery, LOVE!!

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  7. This is definitely and OMG -- or Oh My Goodness what a great quilt this is. Love how you blended your colors so well. It would have been a fraction easier if you'd used jelly rolls but the pinning and ironing is the real time killer. Great job.

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  8. I love these saturated colors. A gorgeous rainbow quilt!

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  9. This is just too beautiful. I love it. Thanks for sharing it on TGIFF and congratulations on finishing your monthly goal.

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  10. This looks absolutely amazing! Your colors blend together so well and the quilt has great movement. Congrats on the finish!

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  11. Your quilt is just stunning! We are featuring your quilt over on the FWFS blog! Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

    -Lindsey

    http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com/2016/02/fabric-frenzy-friday-features_22.html

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  12. WOW, Shannon, your finish is stunning! I love it, and all the great choices you made!!!

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  13. Wow! So beautiful! Congrats on finishing your goal!

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  14. What a masterful finish, not surprising that is sold so quickly!

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